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Respiratory tumours are a major part of daily practice for many respiratory physicians and lung cancer remains the biggest cancer killer in Europe, but there continues to be developments in surgical practice, treatments, and more recently, promising new targeted therapies.
The virtual ERS International Congress programme includes a dedicated thoracic oncology track that has been developed by experts in the field. The track includes a variety of activities for health professionals who are involved in the management of respiratory tumours and for researchers with an interest in this disease area.
Q: The congress theme is digital health. Why is this area important for thoracic oncology specialists?
A: Artificial intelligence is of increasing interest in the detection and characterisation of nodules found on low dose spiral CT scan lung cancer screening.
Q: Is there a particular session in the thoracic oncology track that should not be missed?
The grand round is always fun and challenging. This year’s grand round session ‘Lung cancer‘ (Monday 6 September, 16:30–18:00 CEST) will test your clinical knowledge and is a unique opportunity for interactive discussions with the case presenters and a multidisciplinary board panel.
Q: What do you think will be the popular topics in the thoracic oncology field at this year’s Congress, and what will be a highlight for you?
A: From the latest in lung cancer screening to hands-on in pleural malignancies, this year’s virtual ERS Congress programme will cover a broad range of exciting topics of the thoracic oncology field. My personal favourites will be the state of the art session ‘Thoracic Oncology‘ (Tuesday 7 September, 11:15–12:45 CEST) and the grand round session ‘Lung cancer‘ (Monday 6 September, 16:30–18:00 CEST) which will provide you with most recent advances as well as challenging you with interactive cases.
Q: What does Congress offer to early career professionals who specialise in thoracic oncology?
A: The ERS International Congress is a unique Opportunity for early career Professionals to get involved in thoracic oncology. The diverse range of sessions offered is a perfect way to stay up to date and acquire new knowledge. Interactive sessions such as the grand rounds are excellent, and are the sessions I would the most recommend for early career members.